Simon is leading a swim tour from San Francisco to Sydney in January 2013, to swim the Palm Beach to Whale Beach "Big Swim", enjoy Australia Day and a bunch of other Syd-centric stuff you can only do in January. I cant wait! PLUS we are getting special order Budgie Smugglers for the occasion. But first - I have to design a logo for the team gear.
I had been messing around with a combination of the Golden Gate and Sydney Harbour bridges, with it was all getting a bit esoteric yet chunky. Then I jumped on line for some inspiration, and found this collage of "the best logo designs of all time". its a very US-centric selection but it emphasized to me the importance of integrating the word. So - below is where I am at: the original combo bridges logo that doesnt really tell the story but could be cool.....(maybe a bit architectural tho), and the logo one inspired by Ken Done's classic
There was also a cartographer who had mapped people in Sydney with bird names, a poet, and a photographer called Hamish Ta-me who had taken beautiful, athletic stop motion photographs of beat boys leaping through the air either in the moonlight or in front of big spotties.
Hamish and I briefly discussed a collaboration in the future....then I returned to San Francisco and lost touch.
Last week I received a glimpse into an amazing process Hamish has been perfecting, one that he calls CIRPANS.
Here, for instance, is a circpan of the Sydney skyline. Hamish takes his photos from a boat and then pulls them together into these incredible fisheye compositions that are as much about the sky and the sea as the perimeter accretions. I have already ordered my Sydney CIRPAN print....which leaves a maximum of 299 remaining for the rest of you.....
...and here is Bondi Beach looking greener than I ever think of it - probably because from land the green is just at either end (the main shabby lawn being behind you when you look out to sea). For more incredible circpans of your favorite Sydney landscapes check out Hamish's site here.
Sally Dominguez writes, skis, designs and teaches, is curious about most things and loves Dr Seuss.